• Greek: episkopos, overseer


Divinely instituted member of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and successor of the Apostles. The Sacrament of Orders, i.e., consecration, confers on bishops spiritual power in the Church, and imprints on their souls an indelible spiritual character. In the hierarchy of orders they are superior to priests; in the hierarchy of jurisdiction by Christ’s will, they rule a diocese, in due dependence and submission to the Roman pontiff.

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MLA Citation

  • “bishop”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 June 2013. Web. 15 August 2018. <>